Ever heard the expression If you want something done, ask a busy person? Though it seems paradoxical, the idea that having a lot on your plate can help you become more efficient has proven to be true time and time again. Women juggling careers and motherhood are some of the most efficient people I know. Not only do they have to be, but nothing motivates them to finish a task more than getting back to their children. Gwen Stefani is one such person. In a new exclusive video interview with LinkedIn, the music icon reveals that she wrote two of her favorite tracks on her latest record, out today, in only four hours because she had to make it to her son’s basketball game. Now that’s what we call efficient.
In the interview, Stefani also touched on what success really means to her, how she finds social media comforting, and what she looks for in business partners. Read on below for a few highlights from the interview.
On balancing motherhood and her career: “One of my favorite songs I wrote on my record I wrote because I only had 4 hours because I had to be at a basketball game for my kid. I wrote two songs in four hours.”
On streaming music: “Yeah, it sucks that we're in a place where the value of what you do is less now, but if you're really honest about music, are you really doing it to make money? How can you put money value to music? Of course, part of music is stand there and be like, ‘Pay me the money! I made the music!’… For me, when I'm making that music, I'm making that music to save myself, to express myself.”
On what her new album means to her: “It represents picking myself up off the ground and saying, ‘No! I have a gift. I have to have confidence.’”
On social media: “When [social media] first started, it felt really embarrassing… like you're shouting out yourself so much… [Before social media,] the people that we loved, they were very mysterious. You didn't see them getting their nails done… Society has changed a lot! I think that people feel real good about tapping into everybody's life [with social media], and there's something comforting about that.”
On being a business icon: “I tend to lean on people that are really talented and passionate about business, so I just basically find people that I think are really smart around me.”
On why she decided to move beyond just making music into fashion: “I'd always designed clothes in the sense that, for me, the big, exciting part about doing a concert was that I get to wear an outfit… So I started a line, a clothing line… I learned so much! Obviously, I'm not a designer. I didn't go to design school, but I've been doing it my whole life; and I have a very strong taste of what I like, so I just kept pursuing it.”
On how her fame in music affected her success in fashion: “I think that people want to recognize you for what they know of you… You have to prove yourself, so I think that sometimes starting a brand outside of what people know you for is a struggle. I think the only way to do it is to be real about it, and to be pure about it, and to be honest and true to yourself.”
On success: “For me, success is really just having a career. Success is to be able to have opportunities still. That's really important because, like I said, what's really important is the journey, so if I'm still on my journey then I'm successful.”
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